Short, Sharp Interview: Kevin Berg


PDB: Can you pitch Indifference in 25 words or less?

An emotional gut-punch that sweeps through the dark lives of a homeless vet and the people who ignore him every day. GraphicViolent meets SexyFun. 

PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do you wish you had written?

Audition, both the book by Ryu Murakami and the film directed by Takashi Miike. Great stuff, and that takes care of two with one answer. I don’t watch much television (I guess I am THAT guy), but honestly the stereo and television are usually occupied by a cartoon or a song that has something to do with a damn princess anyway. Some arguments are easier to win when they are avoided, especially with a four-year-old. That comes from experience.

PDB: Which of your books do you think would make good films or TV series?

Indifference would make one hell of a disturbing indie movie, hopefully banned early on and later downloaded illegally, or streamed online somewhere.

PDB: Who are your favourite writers?

People that push the limits to entertain me, and don’t bore me with the average bullshit. After finding that most good reading these days comes from indie authors, the list continues to grow, and this has already been a great year in reading – Ryan Bracha, Mark Wilson, Jason Michel, Shervin Jamali, Lee Goldground, J. David Osborne, Gabino Iglesias, Robert Cowan, and Brendan Gisby. Different styles, different stories, but all badass. And that’s just in the past couple of months. Still nine to go, and then I can start again. Every day or two is a new book, and another chance to find a new favorite author.

PDB: What’s your favourite joke?

Okay, this one took some research. I am not the best with jokes, or even the right times to relay the funny one I just heard, but I was lucky enough to run one through a filter of twelve seasoned authors and three coworkers to determine that it is, in fact, highly inappropriate. And I am pretty sure I am getting some sort of writeup at work now. So here are a couple of good replacements I have borrowed to give you an answer:

For the trendy readers, “I was vegan for a while. I lost 6lb, but most of that was personality.”

For the brainy ones, “Let me tell you a little about myself. It’s a reflexive pronoun that means ‘me’.”

For the bleeding hearts, “What’s black and white and red all over? A racially motivated hate crime, which is not a laughing matter and a sign of the awful times we live in.”

And finally, for the ladies, “What’s the difference between a woman and a fridge? The fridge don’t fart when you take your meat out.”

I do have several more, but I can’t take up all your space with the wit of others. I mean, we are here to talk about me, right?

PDB: What’s your favourite song?

Don’t know if it counts as a favorite, but I have had Dr. Demento’s “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” stuck in my head since the eighties. Glad it pushed out “Baby Beluga” from Raffi, but a conference call while working from home has forced me to convince my boss that the instrumental version of “Let it Go” is tops. Seriously too many songs to choose only one, but if it is good, I bet it sits idle on the iPod in my car.

PDB: What’s on the cards?

I plan to keep learning and grow as an author. This year I will be working on my second book, planning my third, getting some more shorts published, and improving every step of the way. In a couple of months, I will have a piece in a novel which is definitely one of my favorites so far. My short is called “Pieces Forgotten,” coming up in a collection of stories from myself and twelve excellent authors, all tied together and due for release in May. The Thirteen Lives of Frank Peppercorn. See you there, sir.

kevin bergPDB: Anything else?

Thanks to everyone for the guidance with the joke, and to you Mr. Brazill, thanks for the opportunity.

Bio: Kevin Berg lives at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains with his amazing wife and two kickass daughters. He has published a debut – Indifference – and found a home for some of his shorts out there with Pulp Metal Magazine and Near To The Knuckle. He has some interesting projects coming up with some of the best in the game, so stay tuned. Find him on Goodreads and Facebook, let him know what you think.

Published by PaulDBrazill

A writer and teacher, from England and living in Poland. 'The Poundland Poe.' Books include The Last Laugh, Guns Of Brixton, and Gumshoe Blues. This/ That/ & The Other.

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